Are you looking to add beautiful soundscapes to your mix or build depth in your guitar tone? Have you tried to find the right reverb sound but just can’t find that perfect one?
If that sounds like you, then you’re in luck! We have compiled a list of the best rackmount reverb units to elevate your studio space to the next level!
What are the Best Rackmounts Reverbs?
The Lexicon PCM96 picks up right where the trailblazing MX200 left off with more of the classic Lexicon sound while adding a few more sounds to its repertoire. The Virtualizer 3D FX200 is no slouch in its own right and is the economical option for a studio owner just starting to build a rack set up or adding a great sound to any gear list.
They started by creating the platform for what reverbs should sound like and have followed it up with a piece of gear that stands toe to toe with the best of them and leaves a wake that not many can come close to climbing out of.
Lexicon reverbs are iconic in the industry and this new sibling does not shy away from the task of living up to the family name.
With the original sounds, plus the additional algorithms, compatibility with studio infrastructure, and great UI, the PCM96 is a titan with a price tag to match.
It has a wide range of algorithms for reverbs, and dynamics, while also holding great delays and modulation effects. It includes Behringers’ Real Sound Modeling stereo and 3D effects for creating spatial palettes most units cannot compete with.
Also, the Virtualizer has MIDI In/Out and, the sought after, MIDI thru port for connectivity to just about any hardware gear you may have and seamless integration into your existing studio setup.
Balanced TRS and XLR inputs/outputs
Over 70 effect algorithms
Real Sound Modeling and 3D effects
200+ presets/user uploaded presets
24-bit AD/DA conversion and 64/128-time oversample rates for pure sounds
Many owners of this effects processor have mentioned the quality and solidness of the build, despite some of Behringers’ past products or reputation.
Whether you are looking for your first rackmount effects processor or building on your gear list, the Virtualizer 3D is a great addition to any studio looking for great, clean reverb sound without having to feel like you have to take out a second mortgage to do so.
With its flexible routing configurations and VST functionality, the MX200 was ahead of its time and created compatibility with the coming era of digital and “in-the-box” recording.
It carries close to 100 presets – – from large and small reverbs, to various types of modulation effects, delays, and even dynamics, it is as versatile as it is usable.
Two simultaneous effects with multiple routing options; Mono-Parallel, Mono Sum to Stereo, Stereo Parallel, or Stereo Serial
VST functionality for effortless DAW compatibility
99 presets and 99 programmable user presets
Intuitive front panel for on the fly effects
The quality of the sounds on board and the intuitiveness of the panel and UI are on the top of the list when speaking to seasoned vets of the Lexicon MX200 and should not be underestimated in the world of studios today.
It is clearly in a league of its own and should be treated in high regard.
The MX200 deserves a place in every studio and should be considered a vintage piece of gear. It will be cemented on the Mount Rushmore of rackmount gear alongside the likes of the 1176 and LA2A compressors.
This new unit lives up to that name and adds to it with digital functionality and quick, easy user interfacing.
Even though it is strictly a reverb unit, we thought it was well deserving of being on the Best list and should be a great addition to any studio in this modern era.
You will have to go on the second-hand marketplace for this unit also, as it is not being manufactured any longer, and it holds quite a hefty price tag. It is well worth this if you are looking for a lush reverb to add to any vocal or guitar track.
It comes in the hall, room, and plate varieties and is fully customizable. With space for savable presets and an onboard 96kHz DSP chip to handle the workload, it is guaranteed to fit into your studio hassle-free.
96kHz, 32-bit internal processing
REV-X reverb algorithm
Mic/Line level Inputs and Outputs
MIDI In and Out connection
Wordclock and AES/EBU connections
SPX2000 Editor for computer integration
Most reviews from engineers and users of the SPX2000 talk about how easy to use the front panel interface is and mention the legendary Yamaha build quality and product design.
Its ease of use extends to the back panel as well, creating a very understandable output panel with a variety of options for every use you may have from an effects processor.
The REV-X algorithm is a nice, tasteful addition to the presets from past iterations of the SPX effects processor lineage. Listed for around $800 on the used market, it comes with a mid-range price tag and may not fit into every budget.
After rigorous research, development, and testing we have come away with a clear favorite.
Each of these effects processors deserves a glance at the top and should be considered for your next gear purchase.
However, there seems to be one clear unit that stands above the rest and that is the Lexicon PCM96.
With its classic Lexicon feel and sound, it already has a leg up. Lexicon went and took that to the next level, by creating a monster of a multi-effects processor that will not be overshadowed for many years to come.
Adding digital connectivity, MIDI capabilities, and expanding the effects pool, this unit is a wrecking crew for all other effects processors and deserves to be seated at the top.
If you are looking to add great layers to any track at your studio, there is one clear answer and it is the Lexicon PCM96.